Meaning of caliber


Caliber is a kind of measurement that can describe either the level of a person’s ability or the diameter of a gun barrel. Your dad might be a high-caliber marksman, especially when using his .22 caliber rifle.

Caliber describes the level of ability a person has achieved in a profession. For example, you probably wouldn’t want to hire a low-caliber plumber when the toilet breaks. The caliber of an institution or a program describes the height of its standards. You might be planning to attend the high-caliber veterinary program at your state university. Caliber is also the measurement of the width inside a gun barrel, and its corresponding bullets.

Definitions of caliber
  1. noun

    diameter of a tube or gun barrel


    bore, calibre, gauge

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    type of:

    diam, diameter

    the length of a straight line passing through the center of a circle and connecting two points on the circumference

  2. noun

    a degree or grade of excellence or worth

    “an executive of low

    calibre, quality

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    high quality, superiority

    the quality of being superior
    inferiority, low quality

    an inferior quality
    choiceness, fineness

    the quality of being very good indeed
    first class

    the highest rank in a classification
    first water

    the highest quality gems
    cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity

    the property of being ingenious

    the quality of being poorly made or maintained
    scrawniness, scrubbiness

    the property of being stunted and inferior in size or quality
    second class

    not the highest quality in a classification

    the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry
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    degree, grade, level

    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

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